Public Flocks To Google Alternative DuckDuckGo After PRISM Controversy

The PRISM controversy has rocked a large number of people, as it presented an example of just how unprotected our data is really is. It has caused a lot of people to lose faith in many of the internet companies that we use on a daily basis, but seems to have done a lot of good for Google alternative, DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo market themselves as an entirely anonymous search engine, claiming that they are the only ones that do not track or filter searches based on your past history. It was launched in 2008 by entrepreneur Gabriel Weinberg and he claims that there data is so anonymous, that it would be completely useless to the NSA! Continue Reading

Yahoo’s Privacy Statement Reports More Than 12,000 Requests For User Data In Last 6 Months

In a bid to distance themselves from claims made by media outlets like The Washington Post and The Guardian that companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple had allowed the NSA to access user data as part of the of the PRISM program, Yahoo have released a privacy statement detailing government requests for user data.

Yahoo and several other companies that were linked to the PRISM program have eagerly sought to deny their involvement in the program.
In the statement made earlier this week, Yahoo stated that between December 1st 2012 and May 31st 2013, they had received more than 12,000 requests for user data. They said that the majority of these requests concerned “fraud, homicides, kidnappings and other criminal investigations.”Continue Reading

US House Of Representatives Vote In Favor Of Warrantless Wiretap Bill

Voting in a 301 to 118 decision the US House of Representatives has gone in support of the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012. This controversial bill is basically extending the US government’s previously established warrantless wiretapping programs for the next 5 years and has angered privacy advocates and civil liberties campaigners.

The amendments to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) will protect the government’s far-reaching powers to allow warrantless wiretapping of phone, email and other forms of communications.

Ironically, FISA was originally introduced to prevent American citizens from being spied upon after the 1978 scandal that discovered that Nixon’s administration were using US intelligence agencies to target activists and political opponents. But since then, the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and FISA Amendment Act of 2008 has seen the government’s powers for surveillance expand greatly. Continue Reading